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Historic Olympic Airways airplane on exhibit in south Athens

Old Boeing B727/284 “Mount Olympus” from the heydays of the Olympic Airways has been on exhibit as a new “tourist attraction” at the site of the former airport in Elliniko, southern Athens.

The aircraft, once part of the fleet of the Olympic Airways commercial airline founded by shipping tycoon Aristotelis Onassis, was one of six bought by Onassis at the end of the 1960s, when the airline was at its heyday.

“This imposing aircraft, as a tourist attraction, will showcase our country’s air travel heritage and be a landmark for the municipality. Because it is not just an exhibit but a living monument of the history of Greek air navigation,” Infrastructure and Transport Minister Christos Staikouras said at the opening on Thursday.

The minister noted the historical importance of the airline and air travel for the growth of the Greek economy and its tourism industry, noting that it was one of the first sectors to attract foreign investment after WWII.

Staikouras said the initiative will enhance the local tourism product and help the growth of the local economy, while also preserving Greece’s cultural heritage.

The exhibit is organized by Zela Aviation and the municipality of Elliniko-Argyroupoli.

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